The Frankie Knuckles Birthday Tribute, For Frankie, taking place January 15, 2017 at Smartbar in Chicago, has now become an annual tradition in Chicago!


This year’s line-up is a shift from the Kings of House Music of previous years (and his last birthday party before he passed away). On the bill this year is Ralphi Rosario. Frankie often spoke of the massive respect he had for Ralphi – back in 2009, Red Bull gave him his choice of anyone in Chicago to play with:

The whole thing came together last minute. Red Bull was in Chicago and at the very last minute they called to see if I was going to be in town. They’ve been trying to get me to do it for the last ten years, but I was never available. After everything had been set up they said, “Who would you like to play with you?” and I was like “Ralphi [Rosario].”

Also joining Ralphi are the Sunday night crew from Queen!: Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini and Garrett David along with Chicago’s Lady D, and Queen! hosts Lucy Stoole, Jojo Baby, Ivory (Christian Rodriguez) and guest hosts Beverly Lately and Lila Star.

All proceeds go to the Frankie Knuckles Foundation.

Tickets are available now for $15 and will probably sell out.


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